Archive for June, 2005

Maserati Birdcage green-lighted

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

birdcageThe birdcage concept car originally showed up at the Geneva Motor Show looking impossible to produce. Well, I guess Maserati is as crazy as their concepts look. I’m glad to see this car put into production even if it is a limited run. Risky designs like this keep the car industry fresh and constantly moving; so what if you can’t buy one? Check out more photos of the car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. In case you don’t know: Goodwood is a no limits race up and down some rich guy’s driveway.

Samplé vu

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

grey albumAbout a year ago I downloaded the highly controversial Grey Album by DJ Dangermouse. It is a mix of The Beatle’s White Album and Jay-Z’s Black Album. I enjoyed the mix so much that I went out and bought Jay-Z’s album; see, illegal sampling promotes sales. I’ve heard a lot of Beatles, but not much of the White Album. I was listening to KRNU last week during “It’s the Beatles” and got this weird feeling. After a while I figured out that I was remembering samples that were pulled from the White Album. It was really interesting to hear them put back into context.

Right now I’m listening to The Kleptones, a band that samples so heavily it would be impossible to clear the rights. Right now it’s on a mash-up of Beastie Boys – Super Disco Breakin’ and Queen – I want to break free. Awesome.

Help out Mandy

Monday, June 20th, 2005

The volunteer organization my sister-in-law works for was robbed at gunpoint the other day. They don’t have much money and are accepting donations to help replace the laptops they lost. Full details are available at Mandy’s site.

Steve, don’t eat it!

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

prison wineI had seen this site a while ago when he was just eating potted meat. This time around Steve is brewing up some prison wine. I may not cook that often, but at least I’m not using a sweatsock and moldy bread. Be sure to check out the other installments of this journey where he consumes natto and smut.

Howl’s Moving Castle

Monday, June 13th, 2005

howl's moving castleThis is the latest movie from director Hayao Miyazaki. Disney has picked up his last three films and distributed them in the US; Howl’s had limited release last week. I downloaded a subbed cam video of this about a month ago. I enjoyed it and as most critics have said, it is above and beyond anything that Disney could actually produce. Compared to Miyazaki’s recent efforts I was disappointed by this film. I would rank it third behind Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. It is really good and I will see it in the theater when it’s released here, but I feel it was a little too convoluted and is not his best effort.

Animation Show 2005

Sunday, June 12th, 2005

animation showThe Ross is showing The Animation Show 2005. Frosty and I caught it on Saturday. It is composed of 12 short animated films. They are really diverse which makes it far from cohesive. I had seen three of the films already: Ward 13 and Guard Dog being the best. Producer Hertzfeldt’s entry was one of the weakest. If you’re a fan of animation you’ll like this. If not it might be a little taxing.